Brazil’s Amazon rainforest farmers debate new land law

Paulo Cabral – BBC, 05/24/2011

Debate over development or conservation of the Amazon has raged for years.

The ceiling fans spinning at full speed were not enough to cool the room, but the farmers gathered in Irituia’s town hall are used to the oppressive heat of the Amazon.

Most of the plastic seats were empty but the 30 or so people at the meeting in Irituia were paying a lot of attention to discussions about environmentally sound agriculture in their biodiverse part of the world.

“We are not many yet but we notice that little by little more of us are realising that sustainable farming is the only way to go, and that we don’t have to be enemies of the environmentalists,” said Mauro Lucio Costa, chairman of the Farmer’s Union of Paragominas.

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